The Sharjah International Book Fair will be participating in the 23rd Abu Dhabi International Book Fair which will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) from April 30 to May 5, 2014 and in which 1025 publishing houses from 50 countries will showcase more than half a million titles in several languages.
The SIBF stand received a number of senior officials and prominent figures, including Her Excellency Dr. Maitha Salem Alshamsi, Minister of State.
Speaking on the occasion, Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Director of the Sharjah International Book Fair said: “The Abu Dhabi Book Fair is considered to be one of the major local and regional fairs that enrich the cultural scene in the UAE and the region. It offers a platform for the latest Arab and foreign publications in addition to providing a space to discuss issues related to the book-publishing world, the book industry, and a variety of cultural matters. Under the patronage and support of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, we look forward to learning from the various book fairs in the UAE and outside, to maintain the position of the UAE as a leader of the publishing world on a regional and Arab level, in order to continue serving the local and Arab readers and publishers.”
“We are keen on collaborating with the publishers participating in the Abu Dhabi Fair so that they may take part in the next edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (which will take start on November 5, 2014) as well as the professional publishing programme which takes place before the exhibition from November 2 to 4. Since Sweden is the guest of honour this year, we are keen on getting in touch with Swedish publishers and writers to introduce them to our fair and to explore ways of collaborating with them in the cultural and intellectual program that is held on the sidelines of the fair. This is especially since Swedish literature is well known in the North of Europe for example in the mystery genre, which is much loved in the Arab world. We would like to help publishers in translating more unique books to and from Arabic and Swedish through grants offered by the government of Sharjah.”
For its participation in the Abu Dhabi Fair, the Sharjah International Book Fair has prepared a programme that is rich with activities that introduce visitors to the fair, its programmes and activities in addition to highlighting the Fair’s partnership with the Emirate of Sharjah in organising programmes and activities that celebrate Sharjah being the Islamic Culture Capital for 2014.
The management of the Sharjah Fair would like to collaborate with cultural, literary and media personalities to invite them to take part in the cultural and intellectual activities that are held on the sidelines of every edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair.
The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which is held under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, supports great initiatives that is held by the Kitab association (supported by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority) and that aims to develop the book publishing and production industry and to encourage readers in Abu Dhabi and the UAE as well as to provide windows of opportunities for the Arab and International publishers for future collaborations.